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Hi I'm Ken

Married 30 years. My wife and I have 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 2 granddaughters and 1 great grandson.

About Me

I am retired now, after 15 years of working for others than an additional 30 years of working for myself. My interests now include family history, volunteer work and wondering how all those weeds got into the lawn. My wife and I have 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 2 granddaughters, and 1 great grandson. Oh yes, we also have a cat. Our youngest granddaughter is currently deployed overseas with the U.S. Air Force. My wife is quite crafty and I tinker around the house. We have acquired a number of old books and enjoy the wonders of the printed page. Recently, we were blessed with an opportunity to travel to Peru with a group of dentists. We assisted real dentists and hygienists as support staff. The orphanage had over 900 children,of which we were able to look after about 110. Most had about 15 cavities. Sometimes, I just held the little ones and let them cry it out. The things we experienced, saw and heard, changed our lives. They are real. Big house, fancy cars and large TV's are only illusions. It is easy to read the words in the newspapers. We got to see the words.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents believed in God, but were not the church-going type. I was brought up respecting a God that I really did not know. He was out there somewhere, but I knew not where. About age 16, church started to interest me, so I attended several different denominations, looking for something, but not sure what it was or what form it would take. Over the next 6-7 years, I despaired of finding God because the churches, (to my young mind) were basically social groups that adhered to an agreed set of beliefs, based on the bible. I did find many good people searching for or believing they had found God. The problem in seeking answers to the hard questions about the doctrine was receiving the standard: “It is a Mystery of God.” I had trouble professing weekly a doctrine I could not understand. I stopped searching for God and got on with the business of being “worldly”. I can still remember the day I dropped to my knees and asked God which church He wanted me to join. Being a questioner, and not wanting to commit to the 1st religious group to come into view, I offered in prayer only to consider and study any messages presented. There was no asking about doctrine, or church groups or social clubs, only which church did God my Father, want me to be part of. A few months later, 2 young men, who loved God so much they put aside their own futures for 2 years to travel to a foreign country, knocked on my door. Over the next 4-5 months, they met a barrage of questions ranging from the silly to deep doctrine. Often they would say, “We don’t know, but we will find out.” And they did. I was left with a testimony that God knew who I was. I found out He loved me, in spite of all the mistakes from my past, and all my weaknesses. These 2 young men, about 20 years old, peeled back the covers on the “Mysteries” that the university-trained ministers of my youth could not answer. I might call this journey my conversion story, but that is not so. It was only the beginning.

How I live my faith

Attending church every Sunday does not make a person a Christian. Taking the teachings of Christ and applying them to everyday life does. Some of the great things about our church are the opportunities we are given to serve. This may be in the form of teaching in Sunday School, (where all are encouraged to participate with the teacher's direction), to working with the youth, to serving in a leadership position, to visiting the homes of members on a monthly basis. Personally, I have benefited greatly from these opportunities and have gained confidence and skills that were useful in my business and personal life. One of the greatest benefits has been in the area of gospel knowledge. We are encouraged to daily read the scriptures and pray for understanding. I am continually amazed at the love our Heavenly Father has for each of His children. Another program of the church that I have come to understand and love is called Home Teaching. 2 men are assigned to visit anywhere from 1-5 families once a month. A spiritual message is delivered and we discuss matters pertaining to the well being of the family. Once trust is built, opportunities to help and serve abound. My home teaching companion and I visit a number of widows and single parent families. Often we are able to help lift the very real, very heavy loads these dear people carry. It is what our Savior would do.